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Utility Overbilling Costing Public SchoolsThousands

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Inaccurate billing by utility companies is costing cash-strapped public schools hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, according to a newspaper review of records.

Vigilant school districts who scour their bills have been able to recoup the money, The Deseret Morning News reports today. However, some are concerned that many of the state's districts don't have the time or skills to locate errors.

For example, Granite District pinpoints about 200-thousand dollars in billing inaccuracies every year, and says it once got about 650-thousand dollars back.

Still, considering the million-dollar budgets of public schools, some observers say the utility errors are a drop in the bucket.

Records show utilities bill correctly almost all the time. Industry representatives say they're working with schools and other customers to make sure everything is billed correctly.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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